Tafline Laylin

 

After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung

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Spooky Halloween Seed Bombs from Renaissance Botanical Sprout Fresh Herbs

Spooky Halloween Seed Bombs from Renaissance Botanical Sprout Fresh Herbs

It's almost October, which means you'll start seeing enough pumpkins and Halloween decorations to turn an entire village orange. This year, instead of handing out chocolate and other sugary

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Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Two major components of this design set it apart from similar solar decathlon entries this year: the liquid-cooled rooftop PV array and a clever Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics Wall

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy

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Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Constructed with glass fiber reinforced plastic, a strong but lightweight material, the Micro House is easily moved around by anyone, and it was deliberately sized to fit into a shipping

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the

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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array

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EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well. While this lower pH

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Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

The King's Park educational facility was designed primarily to educate children about sustainability, but its applicable for adults too and the building hosts the occasional public presentation.

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Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß has used digital printing to map out seed placement for an 11.5 hectacre piece of land in Germany. Operating on the premise that precision farming is the way of the future, and

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Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

The Easehouse features two toilets of different sizes - one for children and one for adults. This height differentiation is achieved with a diagonal step in between the two. The folded down roof

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KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

A team of Korean researchers just unveiled a tiny electric vehicle that can fold down to 5.24 feet - which is one third of the space that makes up a standard parking spot! Urban centers around

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LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

The fish bellies installed on campus are made with layers of frosted acrylic. During the day they are translucent but at night they are illuminated with a rich palette of colored LED lights. The

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Living Air Garden Pops Up at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain

Living Air Garden Pops Up at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain

Estudio 108's modular green walls are not only gorgeous - planted as they are with a plethora of colorful and indigenous plant species - but they are also incredibly easy to erect, use very few

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Researchers Predict Nearly 100 Million Driverless Cars Will Sell Each Year by 2035

Researchers Predict Nearly 100 Million Driverless Cars Will Sell Each Year by 2035

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires,

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Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger

Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger

Image via Shutterstock Currently 36 percent of the food produced worldwide is used to feed animals, according to new research published in Environmental Research Letters. The study found that

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Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

This week we watched as taste testers sunk their teeth into the world's first lab-grown beef hamburger, which cost $332,000 to grow and was funded in part by Google's Sergey Brin. Meanwhile,

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World’s First “Pestaurant” Serves up Chocolate Dipped Ants and Salty Crickets in London

Image via Shutterstock Pigeons and crickets are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently suggested eating more

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West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

The owners - a painter and an art historian - sought a humble space with enough room for a studio, study, living room, dining room and kitchen, along with a master suite. GriD Architects sourced

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Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

Photo via Shutterstock Bee populations have plummeted over the last decade or so and activists and farmers are very concerned about the impact this loss will have on our food supply.

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Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

A home base for ecological workshops and biomimicry studies, the Morpho Eco retreat is situated on a high plateau about 850 feet above sea level, which means it basically floats among the clouds

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Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect's original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too

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Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely

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Elon Musk Unveils Plans for 700 MPH Solar-Powered Hyperloop Train!

The open-source Hyperloop design calls for a weather-proof, crash-proof and rail-less train. Today Musk released a 50+ page document outlining his vision for the $6 billion Hyperloop, which

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